Subject: President Wahid to visit E. Timor on Feb. 24

Jakarta Post January 11, 2000

President to visit E. Timor

JAKARTA (JP): President Abdurrahman Wahid is scheduled to arrive in Dili on Feb. 24 to open an Indonesian interest section office in the capital of the former Indonesian province of East Timor.

The East Nusa Tenggara provincial administration spokesman, Nani Kosapilawan, said on Monday the opening will precede the start of the first congress of the National Unity Forum (FPB) to be held in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara, on Jan. 26.

"President Abdurrahman Wahid has given his confirmation to FPB to open the congress," Nani said after a meeting with East Nusa Tenggara Governor Piet Tallo in Kupang.

Two FPB board members -- Tito Batistuta and Armindo Soares -- told reporters on Monday the forum aims to accommodate prointegrationist East Timorese living in Indonesia.

They said several East Timorese figures, such as F.X. Lopez da Cruz, former prointegration unit commanders and former members of the East Timorese legislative council will attend the meeting.

The congress is expected to discuss ways to promote understanding between the East Timorese and forge a common political perception.


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